DANNY WILSON has freshened up his Glasgow Warriors side for tomorrow night’s final Champions Cup pool match against La Rochelle at Scotstoun by adding loose-head prop Oli Kebble, hooker Fraser Brown as captain, second-row Richie Gray and live-wire winger Rufus McLean to his starting XV.
George Turner, Jamie Bhatti and Kiran McDonald drop to the bench. while Cole Forbes is out of the squad altogether.
Tight-head prop Simon Berghan is to return off the bench from the Achilles injury which has kept him out since mid-September, while back-three man Ollie Smith has also been added to the replacements roster in place of Sebastian Cancelliere.
Warriors are looking to bounce back from a 52-17 mauling away to Exeter Chiefs last week, and really need a win to ensure qualification to the last 16 of this year’s Champions Cup.
“We’re looking forward to being back at Scotstoun tomorrow night,” said head coach Wilson. “Having been in the lead 17-14 after 50 minutes we were really disappointed with the final 30 minutes of the game against Exeter. We have the opportunity to put that right on Saturday night against La Rochelle.
“It’s great to welcome back Rufus McLean, Richie Gray and Simon Berghan into the 23.
“La Rochelle are a powerful team with a quality player base and one of the big European team over recent years.
“We’re looking forward to the challenge of welcoming them to Scotstoun.”
Glasgow Warriors (v La Rochelle at Scotstoun, Saturday 8pm): J McKay; K Steyn, S Tuipulotu, S Johnson, R McLean; R Thompson, A Price; O Kebble, F Brown©, Z Fagerson, S Cummings, R Gray, M Fagerson, R Darge, J Dempsey. Replacements: G Turner, J Bhatti, S Berghan, K McDonald, R Wilson, G Horne, D Weir, O Smith.
La Rochelle: B Dulin; D Leyds, R Rhule, J Danty, P Boudehent; P Popelin, T Kerr Barlow; D Priso, P Bourgarit, U Atonio, R Sazy, R Picquette, R Bourdeau, P Boudehent, G Alldritt©. Replacements: F Bosch, L Aouf, G Papidze, T Lavault, M Tanguy, T Berjon, I West, E Buliruarua.
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